It’s Monday, March 5th, and here are the PT headlines for the week. A meeting aimed at inclusion for LGBTQ physical therapists had its first meeting at CSM last week, several states move forward with legislation to expand their PT scope of practice, the federal government relaxes restrictions on short-term insurance plans that aren’t required to cover physical therapy, and James Dunning released a letter detailing the potential lawsuit against the ABPTRFE over their new admissions guidelines. After the headlines, we have a brief recap of CSM from yours truly and fellow Talus correspondent John LaRue. Let’s break it all down!
Be sure to check out the full CSM recap HERE.
LGBTQ+ Inaugural Meeting
One theme from CSM this year was inclusion and diversity when it comes to our profession. While several meetings focused on racial diversity, one inaugural meeting this year focused on the topic of sexual orientation. PT Proud, an organization championing the creation of an APTA Special Interest Group to broaden knowledge of and inclusion for individuals of the LGBTQ+ community, held their first meeting to provide information and solicit feedback to move forward.
For more information on PT Proud, check out their Facebook page.
Several expansions to state practice acts were advanced this week, with the Governor of South Dakota signing HB 1079 into law, authorizing PTs in the state to perform Dry Needling. Furthermore, Idaho introduced their own dry needling legislation, HB 505, to be heard in committee on March 5th.
Finally, Michigan recently passed a bill, SB582, through both houses of the legislature to allow PTs to evaluate individuals for handicapped parking placards. It awaits signature by the governor.
The Trump administration moved forward with the expansion of short-term insurance plans, which were limited by the Affordable Care Act. These plans, which are not required to offer the ten essential health benefits mandated by the ACA (including physical and occupational therapy!) are considerably cheaper than current marketplace plans and many fear they could add further instability to insurance markets. The administration is accepting comments on the proposed rules for the next 60 days, upon which further decisions will be made. We’ll keep you updated on the facts as they develop.
Feel free to comment on the proposed rule here.
In residency & fellowship news, James Dunning, director of the American Academy of Manipulative Therapy, or AAMT, has released the full letter from AAMT legal counsel to the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency & Fellowship Education. The letter details the issues that AAMT has with the new standards, and sets a March 7 deadline for a response from the American Physical Therapy Association. You can read the letter in full on his blog, Osteopractic Physical Therapy.
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